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Volume 2, Issue 83                                                                          October 16, 2017


Fair Game


Former Daily Pilot Ad Director murdered

TomJohnsonLast Friday started off like any other day, I woke up. Don’t laugh, a close former associate of mine didn’t. My phone rang in the eight o’clock hour, it was my daughter Ashley, she said, “Dad, did you hear the woman shot and killed in Aliso Viejo yesterday was Lisa Cosenza?”

I was shocked.

Lisa was my Ad Director at the Daily Pilot for a number of years, a real part of the team.

Apparently, Thursday afternoon (October 12) an issue erupted at Lisa’s home that she shared with her boyfriend Doug Ferguson. Doug’s son apparently grabbed a gun, shot and killed Lisa and Doug and wounded two others.

Police arrested Luke William Ferguson, 26, the next day in Inglewood.

One report said that Luke was upset because “his dad wanted him to stop drinking beer and get a job.”

So you shoot your dad and the woman who’s letting you stay in her house? Unfathomable.

Lisa began working in the Daily Pilot real estate department selling advertising in 1996. She came from a highly respected Orange County real estate family, and she did very well. 

Eight years later I was looking for an Advertising Director. I actually approached Lisa and urged her to apply for the job. She did and the rest was history. She had a toughness and an edge to her personality that I figured would serve her well leading the department. For the most part it did. 

She remained at the Pilot until 2013.

At the Daily Pilot everyone was close, we had an us-against-them attitude as we battled to keep our ownership, the Los Angeles Times, from ruining our business model and fought the Orange County Register for advertising share. 

Those days were fun and I like to think of them fondly as the heyday of the Daily Pilot.

The sad part is that the group loses Lisa, who now becomes the second staff member to be murdered. Donna Jacobsen, our much beloved Credit Manager, was stabbed to death upon arriving home following an evening church service in December of 1996.

As close as Lisa and I were in our days working together, we had not communicated for the last number of years. Now, that window of opportunity is forever closed. 

It’s a good reminder for me and everyone else on staying connected.

Godspeed Lisa, Godspeed.


Police Files

NBPD search warrant leads to large drug and gun bust

Newport Beach Police Department Detectives, with the assistance of the Santa Ana Police Department, busted two Santa Ana residents for drugs and guns while serving a search warrant to their residence on Wednesday, Oct. 11, shortly after 9 a.m.

Police recovered 13 firearms, over eight kilograms of cocaine and over 15 pounds of marijuana. At least two of the firearms seized have since been confirmed as stolen.

Carlos Alberto Villalobos, 25, and Jeremy Joseph Juarez, 26, were arrested for possession of narcotics for sale, possession of controlled substances while armed, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of illegal ammo and for being a felon/addict in possession of a firearm.

Each of their bails were set at $1,000,000.

The warrant was served in the 1400 block of S. Olive Street in Santa Ana.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Stump the Stu

Why is this gray building called Brown?

Okay, here’s the challenge. Where is this Brown Building? A better question might be why do they call this gray building “brown.” Good luck.

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNewsNewport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

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On the Harbor: Fall is here and reminiscing about sailing


Fall is here, the leaves change color and the activity around the harbor cools down a little, so I thought I would take a cruise and report my observations.

October started off with a loud roar from the Huntington Beach Air Show. Activity on the harbor felt more like the 4th of July, let me take that back, the air show seemed to have broken the sound barrier in more ways than one. According to Dave Beek, owner of Island Marine Fuel, “The air show is one of the busiest days of the year for us.” Countless marine industry people were too busy to smile and just had their heads down…working. Marina Park was full and the Dunes launch ramp appeared to be close to capacity. The most common quote I heard was, “I have never seen so many boats out on the Huntington Beach flats at one time.”

Most of the boaters would be heading out of the harbor between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. then returning around 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. The fog was clearing up early, the sun was out and there was only a light southerly breeze rolling across the water. It does not get much better than that and the timing could not have been better for all the different harbor users that weekend. Everyone I talked to on the water planned on returning to the air show next year.

As the airshow left with a boom, just the way it came in, people seemed to take in a big sigh, sit back and relax before the next tide change of the holidays approaches. From my cruise around the harbor, the shipyards appeared busy, the repo marina looked empty which I assume is a good indication on our economy. The fishing charter boats looked to be shifting over to more whale watching charters. A pod of Orca whales passed by our coastline this month which has kept the sea lions in the harbor.

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As I mentioned in my last column the sea lion population has been a constant irritation to the boats located in A and B mooring fields close to the harbor entrance. The model coyotes are still the leading deterrent to keep the sea lions off your boats and docks. The Coast Guard dock became a target early this month with some great effort, as the sea lion barking moved up the bay.

While walking the docks, it appears most of the marinas are full again along with an increase in brand new boats, which is always good for me and adds a giddyup in my step.

Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s new clubhouse is starting to take shape and there are loud noises that Balboa Yacht Club is moving forward in renovating their clubhouse too. Slips are getting bigger around the harbor, as yacht clubs seem to be adjusting and renovating their clubhouses. My gut tells me it will not be much longer before more condominiums will enclose our harbor.

This thought frightens me: We only have one launch ramp in town and the commercial pier is a third of its size 10 years ago. Accessibility to our moorings is becoming more and more difficult, so where can beginning boaters go to launch their boats? Like I said in my last column “What are you gonna do?”

I guess I’m going to show my age and dream of the past. Rather than wish on my youth returning, I will wish for the small boating clubs to return. I long for the days where we returned from the water, threw burgers on the BBQ, sat down to a simple picnic bench and told sea stories of the day. No big deal that my hat is on, pants are wet, or that the kids are throwing rocks into the water for the longest skip or running around and hiding from each other.

For me and the sport of sailing it appears my bubble has popped and I will have to take my hat off, waddle on up to the bar and order a 10 dollar draft beer and consider that 25 dollar hamburger. Ya ya…I know poor me. But I still like to dream of simpler days and the thought that I am turning into my Dad does not bother me one bit.

Sea ya.


Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.

Chamber plans for upcoming Economic Forecast luncheon

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The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will present their 2018 Economic Forecast featuring the UCLA Anderson Forecast on Friday, Oct. 27 from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Balboa Bay Resort.

The Forecast is an annual event that attracts hundreds of Orange County business leaders, media and government officials and promises to deliver a powerful program presented by an esteemed and unprecedented panel of experts.

This year’s panel includes Jerry Nickelsburg, Ph.D., an Adjunct Professor of Economics at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA (his talk is titled “Prospects for the U.S. and California Economies in 2018”); Christopher Schwarz, an Associate Professor in Finance from the UCI Paul Merage School of Business (his talk is titled “Investment Strategies for 2018”); and Jonathan Lansner, a business columnist for the Orange County Register (he will discuss the “2018 Real Estate Outlook”).

Orange County Business Journal Publisher & CEO Richard Reisman will moderate.

Balboa Bay Resort is located at 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

For tickets and more information, visit


Spooky season for kids comes to Library

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The Newport Beach Public Library will present a variety of free Halloween programs at library locations throughout Newport Beach with crafts, stories and other fun activities. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes during the week of October 24 - 31 to story hours and special programs.

Events at the branch libraries will begin with Halloween Crafts at the Mariners Branch on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m.; Creepy Crafts will keep kids busy at the Balboa Branch on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m.; and children 3 - 8 can enjoy friendly Ghostly Crafts at the Corona del Mar Branch on Thursday, Oct. 26 beginning at 3 p.m.  

All programs will focus on fun, not scary, Halloween activities that delight young children during the spooky season.

On Halloween, the Central Library will host a Halloween Extravaganza beginning at 4 p.m. in the Children’s Room with not-so-scary stories, crafts and snacks. Kids will take a trick-or-treat tour of the library to cap off the celebration.

The Newport Beach Public Library presents a variety of programs that foster cultural arts enrichment. For more information, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or visit the website at


Water Study Issues Group event this Saturday 

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Mesa Water District will host a half-day Water Issues Study Group (WISG) water education program for adults on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Offered at no cost to participants, WISG is open to Mesa Water® customers and community members, including residents and individuals from local businesses, public agencies, and high schools, as well as elected officials, media, industry colleagues, and others interested in learning about Mesa Water and water in general. 

For the public’s convenience, and based on feedback from past participants, this year’s WISG is reformatted to take place in one half-day at the Mesa Water Reliability Facility (MWRF).

“Since 1986, the Water Issues Study Group program has provided abundant water knowledge through group discussions about our 100 percent local, reliable water supplies, their sources, how they are treated, tested and distributed, and the importance of being efficient with our water use,” said Mesa Water Board President Jim Atkinson. “We’ve seen a lot of changes over the past 30+ years and value the time that our customers and community members are able to share with us to learn about water…a resource that none of us can live without,” Atkinson shared.

WISG teaches participants about Mesa Water’s local water supplies and reliability, water use efficiency, and water quality, and includes a tour of the MWRF’s water-wise gardens and nanofiltration technology. 

The MWRF is located at 1350 Gisler Ave., Costa Mesa. Flat, closed-toe shoes are required for the tour. 

At this year’s WISG, former Mesa Water Director and Orange Coast College History Professor, Hank Panian will receive a WISG Professor Emeritus designation for his 30 years of teaching WISG classes about the history and geography of our water supplies.

Those interested in attending WISG can call Mesa Water’s Public Affairs Department at 949.631.1201 or sign up online at where more information is also available.

Mesa Water is an independent special district that provides water service to 110,000 residents in an 18-square-mile service area that includes most of the City of Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach and John Wayne Airport.

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Childhelp to host Studio 54 gala

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The OC Chapter of Childhelp is hosting its Studio 54 Fall Gala on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Balboa Bay Resort. The evening’s festivities include dinner, gambling and boogie dancing. Bidding is automated so have your Smartphone charged.

Co-chairs of the event are Shan Vincent, Joy Estrada and Julie Thornton-Adams. Disco attire is encouraged. Tickets are $250 per person.

For event and ticket information, visit For each dollar expended, over 92 cents is invested into serving the children in need of Childhelp’s program services.

For additional details, contact Pam Pharris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Balboa Bay Resort is located at 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Balboa Island Museum and NB Public Library present Tom Stillwell

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On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the Balboa Island Museum and Newport Beach Public Library are enthused to present Tom Stillwell, the creator of “I grew up in Newport Beach BEFORE it was the OC.” 

The event takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. at the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

“I grew up in Newport Beach BEFORE it was the OC, or NBB4OC, is a Facebook group of more than 14,000 people,” Stillwell said. “A few still live in Newport Beach, but the vast majority are spread across the United States and around the world. There are members on every continent except Antarctica.”

“The one thing that binds this group together is that they all grew up in Newport as it made its transition from a sleepy little beach town at the end of the Red Car Line to being the center of wealth and commerce. They remember when you told people you were from Newport Beach they said, “Where’s that?” not “Ohhhh! You’re from the OC.”

If you would like to journey back – just for an evening – to the Newport Beach of days gone by, where you could visit the Buffalo Farm, ride a horse on the beach, eat ice cream at Wil Wrights, or go waterskiing in the Back Bay, don’t miss this Balboa Island Museum’s Speaker Event. Stillwell will present a lively collection of photographs, videos, and stories and lead a discussion that will transport you back to those wonderful days.

Seating is limited and a $10 donation is requested. To reserve your spot, visit

Letter to the Editor:

Peotter’s misguided efforts

While recent headlines have focused on Scott Peotter’s misguided efforts to refuse Newport’s gas tax revenues, and ridiculous charges by Peotter supporter Bob Rush regarding an imaginary “enemies list”, it is important not to forget that Peotter provides a clear and present danger to the quality of life in Newport Beach due to his full throttled support of high rise development.

Peotter attempted to undermine the people’s right to petition their government by putting thousands of unnecessary pages in the Museum House referendum petitions. These petitions weighed more than ten pounds and cost thousands to print. He failed in this effort when 14,000 residents opposed this project. Even with this, Peotter opposed rescinding the project approval and sought a special election (now he wails crocodile tears about the cost of a special election but he was all for it in February).

Peotter has advocated raising the height limits on Lido, and the new General Plan will allow him the opportunity to fix his high-rise vision on our city for a generation.

We need public officials that will focus on reducing traffic, improving our streets, protecting our quality of life and keeping our city safe. Peotter would rather address state and national issues to the detriment of Newport Beach taxpayers.  

It’s time for a change. Go to for more information.

Georgia Foell

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Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

StuNewsNewport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”


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Adorable Nicky is seeking a loving home

Nicky is a 6-year-old Terrier mix. She is sweet and loves to go on walks. She is spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

At any given time, the shelter can have 4 - 5 dogs and 7 - 8 cats/kittens available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Nicky, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges & scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.

Fall Mixer planned by CdM Chamber

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The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce invites the community to their Fall Networking Mixer & Pop-Up Shop on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Mixer will take place in the “swanky” offices of the Boutique Real Estate Group, 3653 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

The evening will include food and beverages, a trendy pop-up shopping experience and a chance to meet new business and social contacts.

RVSPs are not required, but are preferred. The event is free to Chamber members and $20 for non-members. For more information on the Mixer or other CdM Chamber events go to or call 949.673.4050.

Full Moon Walk at ENC 

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Join Environmental Nature Center naturalist Fiorella Gardella for a nocturnal hike in the Center to learn about the full moon on Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Flashlights are discouraged.

This program is for humans age 6 and up. Cost is $6 per participant ($5 for ENC members). Reservations are required, so visit to sign up.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club Monthly Meeting: Voter Outreach Workshop

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWDC) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Newport Beach Yacht Club, 1099 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a networking social. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. 

This month NBWDC will present an energetic and informative workshop on voter outreach in preparation for the upcoming 2018 local, state and federal elections. Guest speakers will include Sara Holland and Cate Hardesty.

Sara Holland worked as the assistant to the state field director for Obama For America in 2008. She interned in Senator Feinstein’s office, and worked on democracy and peace building issues at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. It is her belief that “democracy lives and dies in the field of every campaign.” 

Cate Hardesty has been actively involved in the Indivisible Movement that sprang up following the 2016 election. She is Congressional District 48’s Captain for Code Blue and the Coordinator for the 48th Action Council. She is also an active member of NBWDC, and works tirelessly to promote voter registration and voter education. 

The meeting is free for NBWDC members and $15 admission for non-members. Seating is limited, so RSVPs are required. Visit to RSVP and for additional information.

NMUSD approves 2018/19 Calendar 

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education has approved their 2018/19 School Calendar and Schedule of Activities.

Some of the highlights: first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018; the school year will end on Thursday, June 20, 2019 for grades 7-12 and Friday, June 21, 2019, for K-6.

Winter Vacation begins with an early release on Dec. 21, 2018 with students returning on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

For a complete view of the calendar click School Calendar 2018/19.

Maybe it’s time to book your 2018/19 travel.

Pop Season celebrates Ella’s 100th with celebration 

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It’s definitely got that swing! Pacific Symphony Pops 2017-18 season roars on with a celebration of one of the 20th century’s most iconic singers, Ella Fitzgerald, whose legacy and influence defined a classic era of jazz singing – on what would have been her 100th birthday. 

Discovered as a 17-year-old during a talent show at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, Fitzgerald’s life in song has been captured through the bounty of her musical hits, innumerable recordings and performances made during the Big Band era. Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” the incomparable singer was the most popular female jazz vocalist in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold more than 40 million albums. 

George Gershwin once said: “I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them.”

“In the dictionary under ‘singer’, it could simply say one word: Ella,” said Richard Kaufman, Pacific Symphony’s principal pops conductor. “There’s no one like her, and this show, as created by conductor Larry Blank, will bring all the brilliance of this legendary performer to the Pacific Symphony audience. Combine our orchestra with the music of Ella and the skill of this conductor/arranger, and you’ve got a magical night of music not to be missed.”

This very special centennial celebration – “Tribute to Ella!” – created and led by guest conductor Blank, takes place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 - 4, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Single tickets are $35-$139.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit

St. Lawrence String Quartet to perform at Segerstrom Center, replaces Pavel Haas Quartet

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The previously announced chamber concert by the Pavel Haas Quartet scheduled for Oct. 20, 2017 has been canceled due to illness. The St. Lawrence String Quartet will now perform at Segerstrom Center in a program featuring works by Haydn and Brahms.

Members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet include Geoff Nuttall and Owen Dalby, violin; Lesley Robertson, viola; and Christopher Costanza, cello. The concert also welcomes pianist Stephen Prutsman who will join the quartet to perform Brahms’ Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor, Op. 34.

Subscribers and ticket holders are being contacted by the Center Box Office with further details. Ticket holders can also reach the Box Office directly at 714.556.2787 with questions. Single tickets start at $29 and are available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. Patrons are invited to the free Preview Talk that will be held at 7:15 p.m., prior to the performance.

Interfaith Council to hold Resource Fair 

The Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council will host its annual Resource Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Hoag Hospital in the Hoag Conference Center, 3900 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

The Interfaith Council brings together non-profits that work to alleviate poverty, homelessness, hunger and also works with issues such as aging and mental health. 

Participants this year include Alzheimer’s Orange County, the Council on Aging Orange County, the Orange County Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Human Options, Mercy House, Families Forward, Share Our Selves and Hoag.

The meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. with lunch at noon and the program immediately following. 

Lunch is $12 with reservations (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and $15 at the door. 

The Interfaith Council is a spiritual and ethical force of faith community representatives that enable inter-religious dialogue and service in an attempt to build a community that honors and respects many voices.

CosmetiCare hosts BeautyLand event


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Newport Beach-based CosmetiCare, Orange County’s leading cosmetic surgery center and medspa, will host its third annual BeautyLand event on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m., to help answer questions the community might have about aesthetic technology, lasers, body sculpting and other cosmetic procedures. This free event offers an opportunity for guests to interact with CosmetiCare’s experts in a no-pressure, fun atmosphere overlooking the Balboa Harbor. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

The intimate experience will give attendees an insider’s look into CosmetiCare’s signature rooms, where they can learn more about non-invasive beauty treatments through demonstrations of techniques to correct wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, uneven tone and pigmentation, rosacea and more.

BeautyLand stops include: Skin Care and Glow Room, Fat Melting Room, Laser Room, Freeze & Fill Room, Nip Tuck Room and Weight Loss Room.

In addition, exclusive day-of specials and giveaways will be offered on many of CosmetiCare’s most popular preventative beauty treatments including; Voluma, Juvederm, Botox, TruSculpt and others. Guests will enjoy live demonstrations of CoolSculpting – a noninvasive procedure that targets stubborn areas of fat. As an added bonus, guests will have the opportunity to “try on” treatments using the New Look Now® aesthetic treatment visualizers. Upon arriving, guests will have the option to have their photos taken and receive a photo simulation of cosmetic treatments to their problem areas before leaving.

Space is limited and RSVP is required. Call 949.718.6900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. CosmetiCare will offer 10 free units of Botox to RSVP’d guests who bring a friend to the event.

CosmetiCare is located at 1101 Bayside Drive, Suite 200, Newport Beach. For more information about BeautyLand, visit

Kick up your heels at Newport Dunes’ Boots on the Beach Country Pumpkin Patch

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These kids found their favorite giant pumpkins

Finding the perfect pumpkins to carve and display is going to get a bit easier this year at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, as it kicks off the fall season with the “Boots on the Beach Country Pumpkin Patch” on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22.

Bring the family out for a weekend of festive activities including picking the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, crafts, inflatables, and seasonal treats and drinks. On Saturday evening, there is a free country music concert featuring live performances by Urban Legend with Young Guns and The Kelly Boys line dancing and instruction. A full bar and country BBQ will be available for purchase.

On Sunday, come out and enjoy classic cars from movies and TV on display including the Batmobile and Back to the Future Delorean. A full bar and country BBQ will be available for purchase as well.

Hours: Saturday, Oct. 21: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Pumpkin Patch; 6 - 9 p.m., Free Country Music Concert; Sunday, Oct. 21: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Pumpkin Patch and Classic Car Show.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. Free admission with food and beverages available for purchase; parking is $10 per car. For more information, call 949.729.3863 and visit

Grand Opening of Phase III of Sculpture at Civic Center Park 

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The Newport Beach City Arts Commission will hold a grand opening celebration for the third phase of the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

The event will celebrate the addition of nine new sculptures to the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition. A short program will be held in Council Chambers beginning at 2 p.m., with a reception following. Some of the artists will be on hand to talk about their artwork and visitors will be able to take a walking tour of the sculptures. Special art activities for children will be presented by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

The 14-acre Newport Beach Civic Center Park was specially designed by renowned landscape architect Peter Walker as an intended sculpture garden. Arts Orange County provided professional services for the coordination of the artist selection and installation of the sculptures. The nine new sculptures were selected from submissions received by a national call for entries based on their artistic merit, durability, practicality and site appropriateness. They are being installed October 23 - 26 and will remain at the Civic Center Park until Summer 2019. The nine sculptures are as follows: Burnt Matchstick by Karl Unnasch, Flight by Steven Rieman, Popsicles by Craig Gray, Be Still and Know by John Merigian, No Swimming by Oleg Lobykin, Cosmic Glints by Patricia Vader, Getting Your Bearings by David Boyer, Cultural Pedestrians by Sue Quinlan, and Life is a Balancing Act by Cindy Debold.

For more information on the event or exhibition, go to (under Sculpture in Civic Center Park) or contact the Cultural Arts Services Office at 949.717.3808.

Art and Artists:

Burnt Matchstick

Artist: Karl Unnasch

Physically inspired by radio tower design, this 40-foot sculpture, with its soft-glowing beacon and slow flicker, captures a fleeting moment in time: the split-second after a burning wooden matchstick has been extinguished by a gust of air. Varying combinations of amber, black, blue and white domestic opalescent glass aggregate in a multi-planar fashion in the construction of this larger-than-life, seemingly innocuous object.


Artist: Steven Rieman

The engaging stainless steel and bronze sculpture, Flight, captures an idea not a moment in time. According to the artist, the symbolic bird soaring through a ring of the sun represents a future of wonder with the random letters that cover its form questioning the human experience and how we impact our future.


Artist: Craig Gray

This whimsical sculpture stacks three giant colorful popsicles in a pop art creation with a “feel good” attitude that fulfills the artist’s goal, “to warm the creative soul and bring happiness to the heart.” Chosen as the favorite in a community survey, the steel, wood and stucco sculpture is covered in colorful epoxy that appears to be melting as it hits the warm concrete base.

Be Still and Know

Artist: John Merigian

The simplicity of this giant welded steel figure invites viewers to pause and reflect. It exudes a contemplative, soulful emotion that fits well with the peaceful surroundings of the park. Its complexity of form lies in the relationship between space, lines, shadows and silhouettes as the movement of the crossing sun through the day reveals constantly changing shadows and linear components.

No Swimming

Artist: Oleg Lobykin

This work was first seen at Burning Man 2008. According to the artist, this conceptual artwork represents deep concern about the impact of human activity and progress on nature. The massive shark’s dorsal fin is covered in shiny aluminum leaf and rises 12 feet out of the park landscape.

Cosmic Glints

Artist: Patricia Vader

This kinetic wind-driven metal sculpture utilizes mostly upcycled materiaIs in its structure, including bicycle wheels and reflectors. The wheel circle is held together by compression and the largest wheels are bolted to the central motorcycle rim. The smaller wheels spin freely. The colorful, playful sculpture captures the elements of its environment, utilizing the ocean breezes for movement and sparkling sunlight to create glints of light that bounce off the moving aluminum disks.

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Cosmic Glints by Patricia Vader

Getting Your Bearings

Artist: David Boyer

Inspired by antique industrial artifacts that can be found in the historic areas of the Western United States, Getting Your Bearings is a kinetic wind sculpture that is monumental in size, whimsical in style and antique in appearance. Three steel and stainless steel paddle wheels sit atop a massive steel base, trunk and branches, turn effortlessly to create an overhead kaleidoscope of light and shadow.

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Getting Your Bearings by David Boyer

Cultural Pedestrians

Artist: Sue Quinlan

Cultural Pedestrians is a series of freestanding concrete and steel pieces that visually represent different cultures of past and present people from our society and others. The pieces are human-sized, with diverse faces, hands and artifactual jewelry, illustrating the multifaceted compilation of smaller fragments of thoughts, experiences and aspirations.

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Cultural Pedestrians by Sue Quinlan

Life is a Balancing Act

Artist: Cindy Debold

Life is a Balancing Act, is a life-size bronze sculpture of a young girl balancing on one foot, with her eyes closed. Standing on a rock is symbolic of a solid foundation and the closed eyes convey that life continually demands a degree of trust for it is always changing and we need to readjust to keep our balance.

For more information on the event or exhibition, visit, under Public Art, or contact the Newport Beach Cultural Arts Services office at 949.717.3801.

Children’s Halloween Festival at Roger’s Gardens

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Calling all goblins, ghosts and super heroes! Kids, get ready to wear your favorite costume to the Children’s Halloween Festival at Roger’s Gardens on Monday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. Join in the fun at the costume parade, be creative during interactive crafts, discover spooky activities and trick-or-treat throughout the Gardens.

Adults – don’t forget to bring your cameras for unique photo opportunities.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. Visit

Prescription drug take-back day coming up


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On Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at two locations: OASIS Senior Center: 801 Narcissus Avenue, Corona del Mar (Main Entrance) and Hoag Hospital, Sunset View Parking Lot (lower campus, first left when entering from PCH), 1 Hoag Road, Newport Beach.

This event gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by removing potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from their homes. Anyone with medications to dispose of can bring them to either of the designated locations for quick and easy drop-off. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

Medicines that are languishing in your cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The traditional methods of disposing of unused medicines – like flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards, but National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a safe and straightforward solution.

Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork


Farmhouse Owner, Executive chef and Author Rich Mead to host Amelia Saltsman

Amelia Saltsman

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Amelia Saltsman

On Thursday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., you’re invited to enjoy a special Autumn Harvest Dinner, presented by Farmhouse owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead. He will be collaborating with longtime friend and fellow farmers market lover, Amelia Saltsman, to celebrate her newest cookbook, The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Tradition.

The evening’s menu will feature inspiring dishes from Saltsman’s cookbook beginning with passed appetizers. The coursed dinner will feature dishes made with the freshest seasonal produce and locally sourced proteins, followed by a selection of desserts. Wine will be poured throughout.

Event proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross benefitting the tens of thousands of people still in need in the wake of all the hurricanes.

The Autumn Harvest Dinner Menu:


Green Olives with Za’atar and Citrus

Israeli Eggplant Caviar Wraps

Yemenite Pumpkin and Carrot Soup Shooter with cilantro pesto


Arugula with golden Barhi dates, dried apricots, nectarines and sumac


Grilled Fish Three Ways with autumn slaw – beets, carrots, kohlrabi

Roasted Chicken with tangerines, green olives, and silan

Braised Lamb Shanks with Tehachapi Grain Project red fife and sonora, kale, butternut squash, cipollini onions and smoked salt


Roasted Autumn Fruit

Apple Pear Galette with Rye Pastry

Amelia Saltsman cookbook

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The cost of the dinner is $150 per person, and each ticket purchase includes a copy of Amelia Saltsman’s newest cookbook. Dinner, wine, tax and gratuity are included. Space is limited. Visit or call 949.640.1415 to reserve your spot.

Ciao Vincenza!

For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Children’s Hospitals in Cairo | Saturday, October 21 with the reception beginning at 5 p.m. Telemed Foundation hosts this event to raise funds for Cairo, Egypt-based Abu El-Reesh, the most prominent Children’s Hospitals of its kind in the Middle East, that treats approximately one million children annually in their outpatient clinic alone. With the original hospital established in 1928, funds will be raised to upgrade aging infrastructure and medical equipment, increase the number of nurseries and beds in the Intensive Care Unit and train quality nursing staff to continue providing the best care possible to their young patients. The keynote speaker is Dr. Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Archaeologis. Tickets can be purchased online at

Contact: Dr. Adel Eldahmy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.390.6859,

Takes place at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Childhelp | Saturday, October 28 from 6 - 11 p.m. The OC Chapter of Childhelp is hosting Studio 54 – Childhelp’s Fall Gala with dinner, gambling and boogie dancing. Bidding is automated so have your Smartphone charged. Co-chairs of the event are Shan Vincent, Joy Estrada and Julie Thornton-Adams. Disco attire is encouraged. Tickets are $250 per person. For event and ticket information, visit For each dollar expended, over 92 cents is invested into serving the children in need of Childhelp’s program services.

Contact: Pam Pharris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

HomeAid of Orange County | Doorways for Hope Gala, “Denim and Diamonds”, Saturday, November 4 from 6 - 10 p.m. For 28 years, HomeAid Orange County has worked with the Orange County community to provide housing as the first step for those who suddenly find they have no place to call home. By building these doorways, HomeAid, along with those who provide their support, offers hope to those who are experiencing homelessness and starts them on their journey of rebuilding their lives. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Crystal Cove Conservancy | 21st Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting, Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  with the tree lighting at 5 p.m. Ring in the season at California’s only coastal tree display. The all-day family event includes a festive bazaar, local plein air art, artisan gifts, a visit from St. Nick, strolling carolers and more. Complimentary cookies, cider and cocoa provided by The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove café. Free; parking is $15 maximum.

Contact: Kate Wheeler, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.376.6200,

Takes place at Crystal Cove Historic District, 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast.

Hoag Hospital | 51st Annual Christmas Carol Ball, Saturday, December 9 beginning at 5 p.m. From its beginning in 1966, this has become a must-attend event which sells out every year. They anticipate more than 600 Hoag friends and supporters will join in the fun, fellowship and fabulous food, along with dancing and special holiday touches in a beautiful setting. This year’s event co-chairs are Joan and Andy Fimiano. Hoag Hospital Memorial Presbyterian has been a medical center of excellence in Newport Beach and surrounding communities. Attire: Formal black tie; hosted valet parking.


Takes place at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point.

Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Memories in the Making, Continuing through November 3. Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of artwork from the Memories in the Making program of Alzheimer’s Orange County. More than 20 pieces, created by program participants with Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), or related dementias. Takes place at Central Library, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


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It’s Your Money, October 16 at 10 a.m. Equity Investing. This annual eight-week series of workshops (through October 30) provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning. It is not necessary to attend each workshop in order to benefit from this free series. Moderator is Peter Kote. Takes place at Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Children’s Author Tad Hill, October 17 from 4 - 5 p.m. Get ready for Halloween when Tad Hills reads his newest book, “Duck and Goose: Honk! Quack! Boo! Takes place at Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Author Tad Hills

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åChildren’s Books

Let’s Talk Tech, October 17 from 7 - 8 p.m. RB Digital App with Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. Staff utilizes tutorials from to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Participants must have a valid library card. Register at the website. Takes place at the Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Paying for College: Financial Aid and Scholarships, October 17 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. In partnership with Collegewise of Irvine, this is a free program with step-by-step advice for families, from how to estimate your eligibility to what forms to fill out to when to file them. They’ll answer the most questions like, “Can applying for financial aid hurt a student’s chances of admission?” and “Should you apply for aid even if you think you won’t qualify?” They’ll even address the role of scholarships, how to find them, and how to evaluate a student’s potential eligibility. No registration is required, but space is limited. Takes place at Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party, October 18 and 25 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invents with LEGOS at his fun, creative program. No registration is required. Funded by Friends of the Library. Takes place Wednesdays throughout the month at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 


Making Memories for Children: BARK! Kids Read to Dogs, October 22 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Come. Sit. Stay. READ! Courtesy of BARK (Beach Area Dogs Reading with Kids), youngsters can practice their reading skills with a specially trained dog in a one-on-one reading session. Theirr BARK partner will be happy to listen quietly as they are read a good story. This activity is open to school-age children ages 5-12 and there is no charge for this event. Reading slots are limited, so sign up early to reserve your spot at Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


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Conversation Class, October 19 at 8 p.m. The goal of this class is to help participants understand and communicate comfortably in everyday idiomatic English. The discussions cover topics such as current events, history, language differences and problems. Facilitated by tutor Marcia Drew. You must be a registered learner in the Newport Beach Library Literacy Program to participate in this class. Call 949.717.3874 to find out how to join the program. No registration is required. Takes place at the Central Library Conference Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

It’s Your Money, October 23 at 10 a.m. Fixed Income Investing. This annual eight-week series of workshops (through October 30) provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning. It is not necessary to attend each workshop in order to benefit from this free series. Moderator is Peter Kote. Takes place at Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

It’s Your Money, October 30 at 10 a.m. The Big Take Away & Contest. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning. It is not necessary to attend each workshop in order to benefit from this free series. Moderator is Peter Kote. Takes place at Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. CdM on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in your pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.


Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Tom Johnson 

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsNewport is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by

the Newport Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsNewport is final.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

DUI Arrests

Chad William McIntosh, 43, Garden Grove – Wednesday, October 11

Catlin Ann Robbins, 31, Cypress – Wednesday, October 11 (w prior)

Incident Reports

Thursday, October 12

W. Coast Highway I 7200 Block I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance and Warrants

4:07 p.m. Kim Renee Coykendall, 47, Lake Forest, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of designated controlled substance and warrants. Bail set at $3,250.

W. Coast Highway I 4500 Block I Urinate/Deficate in Public

3:50 p.m. Chad Alexander Robbins, 40, Escondido, charged with urinate/deficate in public. Bail set at $25.

W. Coast Highway I 7200 Block I Warrant

4:02 p.m. Christopher Craig Caputo, 46, Irvine, charged with a warrant. Bail set at $15,000.

S. Olive Street I 1400 Block I Santa Ana I Narcotics, Controlled Substance while Armed, Marijuana, Felon with Firearm and Possession of Ammo

9:23 a.m. Carlos Alberto Villabos, 25, Santa Ana, charged with narcotics for possession/purchase, possession of a controlled substance while armed, felon/addict in possession of firearm, possession of ammo by prohibited person and possession of marijuana for sale. Bail set at $1,000,000.

9:17 a.m. Jeremy Joseph Juarez, 26, Santa Ana, charged with narcotics possession for purchase, possession of controlled substances while armed and possession of marijuana for sale. Bail set at $1,000,000.

15th Street & Beach I Paraphernalia and Use of Beach After Dark

1:00 a.m. Marlana Irene Vasquez, 45, San Bernardino, charded with possession of unlawful paraphernalia and using the beach after dark. Bail set at $500.

Wednesday, October 11

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Thomas Wayne Hoover, 66, Newport Beach

W. Coast Highway I 2700 Block I Paraphernalia, Narcotics and Controlled Substance

10:10 a.m. Amanda Danielle Wright, 25, Newport Beach, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of narcotics and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bail set at $2,500.

Tuesday, October 10

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Curtis Caleb Talley, 18, Dove Canyon

Alexandra Lucille Henderson, 19, Mission Viejo

20th Street & Beach I Narcotics and Use of Beach after Closing

11:11 p.m. Pedro Antonio Maldanado, 25, Riverside, charged with possession of narcotics and using the beach after closing. Bail set at $2,500.

Santa Barbara Drive I 800 Block I Paraphernalia and Warrants

3:36 p.m. Alan Todd Russell, 48, Costa Mesa, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia and two warrants. Bail set at $30,500.

G Street& E. ocean Front I Controlled Substance

11:55 a.m. George Martinez Barra, Jr., 21, Costa Mesa, charged with possession of a controlled substance. Bail set at $10,000.

23rd Street & W. Ocean Front I Paraphernalia and Identity theft

9:05 a.m. Jennifer Darlene Resendez, 26, Riverside, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia and identity theft/personate to get money. Bail set at $500.

Center Pointe Road & Jamboree Road I Irvine I Warrants

9:40 a.m. Matthew John Atherley, 33, Aliso Viejo, charged with warrants. Bail set at $25,000.

23rd Street & W. Ocean Front I Take Auto w/o Consent

8:55 a.m. Jesus Abraham, 30, Riverside, charged with taking an auto without owner’s consent. Bail set at $20,000.